Fine jewellery designer Charlotte is the daughter of Denmark-based Ole Lynggaard. She chats to Oracle Time about the brand’s success – and how her passions are inspired from a love of nature. She chats to Oracle Time about the brand’s success – and how her passions are inspired from a love of nature.
The brand began in 1963 and was something you grew up with. How did that shape the vision you have now for it?
I spent my childhood as an eager spectator of the fine jewellery trade. My father based the brand on his passion for intricate and very personal designs, and always of exquisite craftsmanship. This is still the pivoting point of everything we do, and we must never lose track of the personal touch.
What has the brand’s Scandinavian roots brought to the aesthetic of your pieces?
Scandinavian design traditions call for products of the highest quality. The design expression is always very authentic and unlike anything else. This is very much the aesthetics of our jewellery collections.
What have been the highlights on your journey so far?
As a designer, I have been fortunate enough to experience a lot of highlights. The creation of the Midnight Tiara in 2009 was very important to me. It was incredibly inspiring to make a showpiece worthy of a future queen. Also, the Midnight Tiara became the inspiration for many future core collections – Leaves, Lotus Sprouts and Blooming.
And the challenges?
I am a proud perfectionist, and I never compromise on quality, craftsmanship or the intended aesthetics. This is sometimes quite a challenge.
When did you realise you wanted to become a jewellery designer?
When I was young, I thought I wanted to be a fashion designer. I lived in Paris for a while and worked in a branding agency. We designed luxury products on behalf of our clients, and also planned the marketing and styling of the products. This holistic approach became a life-changing experience for me. I was completely smitten with the combination of designing and grandiose staging of luxurious products. I realised then that working at Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen would give me the opportunity I needed to integrate all of my areas of interest in to one single job – fine jewellery, fashion, interior decoration, staging, marketing and branding.
Sensuality is clearly important to you in your designs. Is this closely intertwined with femininity in your mind?
Women are sensual beings. It is an inherent part of our nature. To me it is important that fine jewellery enhances every woman’s feeling of unique beauty. Many of our customers are devoted to our collections, because at some deeper level they can identify with the designs.
What inspires you?
Everything that I feel passionate about can somehow always be traced back to nature. I have been raised from a very young age to thrive outside. I adore observing the constant change in nature and our eternal circle of life – from the colourful blooming in the spring to icy crisp winter scenery. I can also spend hours intrigued by the organic shape of a dewdrop on a leaf and the poetry of the stars in the sky. Walking in the forest outside my home is where I go to regain my focus and my calm – and it is definitely a place I feel very inspired.
If you hadn’t become a jewellery designer, what do you think you would be doing instead?
I’d most definitely be a fashion designer.
You use a lot of almost ethereal, other-worldly stones, such as moonstones, rutile quartz and beautiful amethyst. What draws you to these stones – and which one is your favourite?
I don’t have a favourite stone any more. I love that I can express my mood and inspiration with a number of different precious stones.
Tell us about the craftsmanship that goes into your pieces. How big is the team that actually works on them?
Ole Lynggaard have a team of 45 goldsmiths. The model department is a team of master craftsman, who help both my father and myself develop all of the new designs. In the casting department we work on crafting the individual pieces before they are handed over to the workshops, which is where the goldsmiths satinise, polish or hammer the gold by hand, as well as where they set the stones. Each goldsmith knows the craftsmanship of every single piece, but of course they all have their favourites.
What do you do in your spare time when you are not working?
Spend time with my family. Other than that I enjoy sewing, painting and decorating immensely.
I’m very excited about the growing international expansion of our brand. My children are almost entirely grown up, and I have more time to contemplate new creative ideas. I love to travel and have visited most continents – but there are still quite a few places that I would love to visit.